Sugar Plums

Sugar Plums

Now the Sugar plums, for the smaller children, simply slice open, take out pip and pop them together. The story of the ‘Sugar Plum’ fairy is a must along with the dance from the ‘Nutcracker Suite’  written in 1891-92 by Tchaikovsky. There is a story version on CD for adults and kids also motion picture. The kids will be glued to the story.

RECIPES:

  • Sugar plum Crepes
  • Sugar plum crumble 
  • Sugar plums with mascarpone custard

 

Sugar plum Crepes

Sugar Plum Crepes
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • For the Crepes:
  • 2 tbs butter, melted and cooled slightly (I browned this first, which probably won’t surprise you)
  • ½ cup milk (fat level shouldn’t matter, but I use whole)
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • Two pinches of salt
  • Few gratings fresh nutmeg
  • 2 tbs honey
  • For the Plums:
  • 10 plums, pitted and cut into quarters
  • 1 tbs unsalted butter
  • 1 tbs honey
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • For the Asssembly:
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3 tbs fresh mint leaves
  • Toasted and chopped pistachios or almonds
  • Additional honey, if desired
Instructions
  1. To Make crepes: In a blender, combine crepe ingredients. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
  2. Preheat a crepe pan over medium-high heat. Once heated, brush pan lightly with melted butter or oil. Pour ¼ cup batter into skillet, swirling it until it evenly coats the bottom and cook, undisturbed, until the bottom is golden and the top is set, about 2 minutes. Carefully flip and cook on other side for 5 to 10 seconds. Transfer wrapper to paper towel covered plate. Continue with remaining batter.
  3. To Prepare filling: Melt the butter in heavy, large frypan over a moderately high heat. Add the plums and cook them for 2 minutes, tossing them about until they’re warmed through. Add the honey and cinnamon and cook them for 1 minute more. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon over them and transfer to a bowl. Cover the bowl with foil if you’re looking to keep them warm for a while.
  4. To Assemble: Lay a crepe on a plate. Dollop a couple spoonfuls of ricotta down middle of crepe. Add a spoonful or two of warm plums. Sprinkle with pistachios and mint, if using. Drizzle with extra honey, if desired. Fold crepe sides over each other, so that they slightly overlap. Garnish with extra mint.

 

Sugar plum crumble 

Sugar plum crumble
 
Need 1kg of sugar plums
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 150g of plain flour
  • 50g almond meal
  • 150g sugar
  • 50g dark brown sugar
  • ½ tsp of ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp of ground cardamom
  • 120g of melted butter
  • 1kg of sugar plums
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 190C.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together 150g of plain flour, 50g almond meal, 100g sugar, 50g dark brown sugar, ½ teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and ground cardamom. Slowly drizzle in 120g of melted butter and mix with a fork until it forms small crumbs. Break up any large crumbs so that none is bigger than 1cm. Pit and quarter 1kg of sugar plums and toss in a bowl with 50g of sugar. Spoon the plums into buttered individual ovenproof moulds and sprinkle the crumbs evenly on top.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes until the fruit is bubbling and the crumble is crisp.

 

Sugar plums with mascarpone custard

Sugar plums with mascarpone custard
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 250ml (1 cup) dry marsala wine
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 500g small sugar plums (order more)
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp arrowroot
  • Mascarpone custard – see recipes below
  • 2 eggs
  • 75g castor sugar
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g mascarpone
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Place the marsala, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar plums in a baking dish and sprinkle with the sugar. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes then drain juice into a saucepan and place plums in a serving dish. Combine the arrowroot with a little cold water, add to the plum juice, then cook over low heat, stirring until thickened. Pour over the plums and allow to cool.
  3. To make the mascarpone custard:
  4. Place the eggs, sugar, cornflour and vanilla in a bowl and whisk to combine. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water and beat until thick.
  5. Remove the mixture from the heat and beat over a bowl of iced water until cool. Stir in the mascarpone. Serve with the cooled sugar plums.

 

Mint delicious

Mint delicious

Mint ermington blog

The father of one of our Harvest Hub Team grows organic vegies on his patch in Ermington: cucumber, chillies, tomatoes, eggplant, and masses of mint.  This herb has a habit of running away from you (we didn’t realise how fast mint can run J) when the conditions are right, and it’s threatening to choke his garden (see picture in banner above).

So this coming week he will be bunching them up each day, and bringing them into our packing shed.  As he’s in need of some gardening equipment, he’s hoping to make $100 or so. The quality is great, and we’ve kept the price low – so please support his endeavour!

RECIPES

 

Blueberries, sugar plums with mint

Blueberries, sugar plums with mint
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 punnet of blueberries, wash dry
  • 5-6 sugar plums, slice off flesh leave on skin
  • ½ lime juice
  • 10 to 15 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tbs honey
Instructions
  1. In a serving bowl, put the berries with the lime juice. Mince the mint leaves with scissors. Add the mint and honey to the strawberries, stir, and let sit for 30 minutes before serving. Also, popping them into the freezer for 10 minutes gives it a zing.

 

Spicy chicken curry with mint leaves and green capsicum

Spicy chicken curry with mint leaves and green cap
 
Author:
Recipe type: Main meal
Ingredients
  • 500g chicken breast no skin on
  • 1 garlic , crushed
  • Ginger, chopped
  • Mint leaves
  • 3 green chillies
  • 2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 ½ tsp garam masala
  • 3 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 ½ tsp chicken curry masala
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 tomato, small pieces
  • 2 curry leaves
  • 1 green capsicum, thinly sliced
  • Coriander leaves for garnishing
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Salt
Instructions
  1. In a blender put garlic, ginger, green chillies, mint leaves and little water and puree the mixture.
  2. In a fry pan heat oil then add mustard seeds, sliced red onion, salt and fry till brown. Add fresh curry leaves and continue frying. Next add all the above spice powders and fry a few more minutes stirring. Add ripe tomato and saute, until all blended. Lastly, add the garlic-ginger/mint puree and let it boil.
  3. When it starts boiling, add the chicken pieces and red capsicum and cover with the lid. Cook on a medium flame for 20 minutes. Sprinkle a pinch of garam masala and add chopped coriander leaves. Close with a lid, switch off the flame and keep aside for few minutes. Serve with rice.

 

South Indian Coconut and Mint Lamb Curry

South Indian Coconut and Mint Lamb Curry
 
Author:
Recipe type: Curry
Ingredients
  • 500g boneless lamb, chunks
  • 2 onions, finely sliced
  • 1 cup plain Greek style yogurt
  • Ginger, grated finely
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves
  • This next bit you can use Curry Masters and it does the work. Biryani Masala mix 85g
  • 1 tbs fennel seeds
  • 1 tbs coriander seeds
  • ½ tbs paprika
  • ½ tbs chilli powder
  • ½ tbs cumin
  • Then add
  • 1 tbs freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup dessicated coconut
  • salt to taste
  • 4 tbs olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a bowl combine ginger and yoghurt. Then marinate the lamb pieces place in a baking dish, cover with foil and put in fridge over night.
  2. In a fry pan with a little oil dry roast the coriander seeds, paprika, chilli powder, cumin and black pepper until fragrant and slightly brown. Cool then put spices into the food processor with the coconut and mint. Blitz until blended.
  3. In a wok, heat olive oil and fry the onions until golden brown. Then, add the fennel seeds and stir for 4 minutes on low heat. Add the marinated lamb pieces and season with salt. If you wish gravy add 1 cup of water and let the gravy simmer on low heat until thickens and the meat is well cooked. Garnish the dish with mint leaves and serve with rice.